Water Usage and Supply

Armidale water supply

Malpas Dam is located to the south east of Guyra and to the north of Armidale. It was built as the major water supply for the city of Armidale. Its construction was completed in 1968 and currently has a storage capacity of 13,000 million litres with expansion capabilities to 26,000 million litres.

Puddledock Dam was designed and constructed in 1928 by the Public Works Department as the water supply for Armidale city and the surrounding area. Following the completion of Malpas Dam in 1968, Puddledock Dam was taken out of service and is now used as an emergency water supply only. The storage has also been used to provide raw water supply to local farmers.

Treated water usage: 60 Million kilolitres as of the week ending 11 November 2018

Dam Levels at 12 November 2018

Malpas Dam : 77.72% (spillway overflow @ -1.76m)
Puddledock Dam : 94%

Raw Water Users

Malpas pipeline: Blue Green Algae - Nil Alert

Puddledock pipeline: Blue Green Algae - Nil Alert

Recreational Water Users

Dumaresq Dam: Blue-Green Algae - Nil Alert

Malpas Dam: Blue-Green Algae - Green Alert

Guyra water supply

Treated water usage: 2238 Kilolitres for the week ending 12 November 2018

Guyra Dam level as at 12 November 2018


Guyra's water supply system extracts water from the Gara River system with two dams located on the river north of Guyra. The first dam was constructed in 1957, with a second dam added in 1967 to supplement the supply storage. Water is pumped to the Council’s water treatment plant and then the treated water is pumped to the two town reservoirs. The pump line to the treatment works had augmentation works completed in 1981 with the addition of the second larger town reservoir to meet the town requirements at that time. Council has made improvements to the water system in Guyra with the implementation of fluoridation of the Guyra water supply. The fluoridation dosing equipment was installed in 2008. Other improvements included the relocation of the activated carbon dosage plant to the water supply reservoirs to improve the quality of the taste and odour of the water.